|Sir||Philadelphia 1st Feby 1797|
The situation of my private affairs obliging me to reside in the Country, I am under the necessity of requesting, that this Letter may be considered as a resignation of the Office which I hold, of Naval Officer of the district of the City of New York—at the same time I take the liberty to mention that Mr Richard Rogers, who has served as my Deputy from the first establishment of the Office, means to offer himself as a Candidate to succeed me.
It would be injustice in me not to mention to you the very high opinion I entertain of this Gentleman, to his unremitted attention & superior abilities it is owing, that the business of that Office has been conducted in a manner that has fully answerd the Ends for which it was Established, saved immense sums to the public and at the same time given universal satisfaction.
Mr Rogers is so universally esteemed and his abilities are so well known that I have not a doubt but his pretensions will be supported by the most respectable Characters of the City and should he be so fortunate as to meet your approbation, I have no hesitation in saying he will be an acquisition to the United States.
Altho’ I have endeavoured to make the best return I could for all your favors, by a faithfull discharge of the duties assigned me—yet feeling as I do how much I owe to the protection you have afforded me during the many years I have been in public service, I cannot omit this opportunity of returning you my sincere thanks, and of assuring you that I shall thro life entertain a gratefull sense of all your favors. I have the honor to be with great respect sir Your most Obedient humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.